Samyang 24mm F2.8 AF FE E-mount lens review by minolta_mutley

reviewer#44144 date: Oct-8-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24 f2.8 (A-mount)
price paid:250€ (2nd)
positive:small lightweight lens
49mm filter thread
box to protect the lens is included
good AF in normal light
uses a normal lens cap
firmware updates possible (with the specific usb adapter)
the inclusion of a handy lens-case.
negative:tiny hood (it's easy to use though)
no Image stabilization
it's a full frame lens.
sharpness is ok - you have to stop down for the edges.
Flares may occur - it's not as bad as with the old manual focus-lenses, but not on par with comparable 24mm primes that are now sold by the competition.
Only f2.8 - and to get sharp corners you may need to stop down.
comment:It's a nice travel companion due to it's very low weight.
The sharpness and colors are good enough for my use.
The build isn't bad at all - i didn't have a plastic feeling.
If you're looking for low-weight travel primes, this is very low-weight. The better alternatives run at minimum 2x the price. It's a compromise lens for photographers on a budget.
The sharpness is fine - the competition may be a little bit sharper - but the weight/Size of the lens is there.
I'm going to test it soon on the A6000 - and we'll add to the review. This is a first look at this lens - i'll update it soon. Also read other reviews... And try it out yourself.
flare control - first tests indicate that in normal use there are no problems - you have to be careful with direct light into the lens than it flares easier than the 35mm f2.8 Samyang.
distortion - the lens is not without distortion - in certain scenario's it'll be visible as a complex moustache-distortion - the distortion is rather small, but when correcting images taken from paintings high above the head (e.g. churches) it may become visible during perspective correction.
2nd review after more thorough testing on the A7II - it's small, had no AF-problems (latest firmware on the A7II - still 1st firmware on the samyang - now i have the usb-dock and i did the firmware-update to the latest version).
More than reasonable images full open, at f5.6 it's sharp as a knife. I'm not going to say it's a sharp as a >3x more expensive Zeiss - it's good enough for my needs. And it fits my pocket.
Even in darker circumstances like a thomb without much light the AF was still ok (not fast but working). I normal conditions where you take images at f4 - 1600ISO - the AF was accurate - not many misses as some report.
In a few cases (2 out of > 200) i found a little bit of moustache distortion - but it's not that bad it bothered me.
The flare restance is not perfect - if you avoid direct sunlight into the lens - it's not a big problem.
Next review will be on the latest firmware of this lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.55 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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